Video: Develop Your Gift

Here’s an amazing video of a 12-year old that will blow you away.

How did Jordan get this good? He did two things: he identified his natural talent and gifting (with help from his dad), then he spent two hours a day honing his skills. This is a great example of how mentoring and self-leadership work together to produce excellence.

Each of us has at least one talent (if not many more) which has been given to us by God. Yet our culture of comparison often causes us to envy someone else’s gift rather than developing our own. We serve others best when we relax in our own gifting and do what we love. To this end, the apostle Paul encouraged his young protege Timothy to develop his gift, urging him “not to neglect the gift you have” and “to fan into flame the gift of God.” (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6)

What are you naturally gifted to do? How are you honing that gift? Who is mentoring you in this effort?

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

5 replies on “Video: Develop Your Gift”

What a great word for the day. I especially like your line “We serve others best when we relax in our own gifting and do what we love” in light of Paul’s encouragement to Timothy. That’s an encouragement for me as well!

– Justin

A good reminder for us to be committed to honing our skills. I started out spending two hours a day reading the bible and it took me to a whole new level. Unfortunately, I haven’t kept up the practice. I’ll need to go back to it again.

Jeedoo and Sam, your combined insights lead me to think about a discover – develop – discipline cycle in sharpening our gifts. If any piece is missing, over time the impact of using one’s gifts will be greatly diminished.

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